Police are deploying traffic management teams on the roads until Diwali
Anticipating traffic jams during the holiday season, Gurugram Traffic Police identified 15 high traffic points and decided to deploy rapid action teams for traffic management until Diwali (November 4).
Officials said each Traffic Rapid Action Team (RATT) has at least six traffic police commissioners, 10 traffic safety officers (RSOs) and one traffic police inspector, equipped with a crane, to tow the vehicles.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Traffic Ravinder Singh Tomar said teams will be deployed to these points at least until November 4, and will continue to be deployed thereafter if the traffic situation demanded it. He said the rapid teams will work in coordination with 1,500 traffic police officers deployed on regular duty.
“Ahead of the festive season and to ensure minimal traffic congestion and hassle-free journeys for commuters, the Gurugram Traffic Police have formed RATTs which will be delegated to each area of the city. These teams will act immediately and deal with traffic jam situations to ensure that commuters experience the least possible inconvenience and their travel time is saved,” Tomar said.
The 15 high traffic volume points are Galleria Market, Sirhaul Toll, Roads near Good Earth Mall, Mayfield Gardens Intersection, Huda City Center (HCC), Daulatabad Flyover, Section Badshahpur-Vatika Chowk on Sohna Road, Sadar Bazar and its connecting roads. , Basai Chowk, Himgiri Chowk-Pataudi Chowk section, Artemis Hospital Road, Bhagwan Mahaveer Marg, Sector 15 Road, Roads near Supermart and Sector 17/18 Split Road.
Administratively, Gurugram Traffic Police has three zones in the city, namely east, west and highways. The old areas of Gurgaon and the new sector areas along the Dwarka highway come under the eastern zone, while the western zone covers the remaining parts of the city; National Road 48 (from Sirhaul Toll at Kapriwas to the Gurugram-Rewari border) and the Gurugram section of Sohna Road fall under the motorways zone.
A team of police officers would also monitor traffic movement in real time via Google Maps in the traffic police control room to alert RATTs to possible congestion, Tomar said.
According to a senior traffic police officer familiar with the matter, the traffic police will also focus on traffic management in Sadar Bazar and its access roads.
“During the Diwali season, Sadar Bazar and its access roads experience the heaviest traffic jams in the city. Civil servants and RATTs deployed in the western area were instructed to monitor the area. RATTs have also been given special attention to monitor vehicles parked in no-parking zones,” the official quoted above said.
The above-quoted official further stated that during the festive season, traffic police officers have observed that it is common for residents to park their vehicles near a market on the main road, which causes loud grunts. Therefore, each RATT received a crane to tow these vehicles.